TRI Research & Development Calls for Beacon Cooperation

by Thane Carios

(Outpost Station)  TRI Corporation’s Dr. Zhia Katdinal today called for pilots and factions alike to cooperate to help solve the ongoing mystery on why asteroids are not cooling after being mined.

“The only actionable information we have so far has come from Quantar, and they used specially-tuned beacons to get it,” said Katdinal.  “They discovered that something is causing the asteroids, once heated by mining, to remain in a high-entropy state.  We have yet to determine what that something is.”160811_155441

“We need more data from beacons – a LOT more.  But the key is that we need the data to be as consistent as possible, so we can only use data taken from beacons tuned to ONE factional frequency.  In other words, we need the beacons to be the same color.” Continue reading

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Veteran Flux-Warrior Resurfaces

by Yaz Shanndar

(Octavius Core Station)  In the last week, a name resurfaced in the duty rosters that only a handful of veteran pilots will remember:  RazorsKiss.   A former New Dawn squadron leader, RazorsKiss was heavily involved in early Conflux research with TRI-R and in the Amananth 20 affair.  He agreed to a brief interview regarding his disappearance — and recent return.

Hello, RazorsKiss – and welcome back to active duty after all these years.  Exactly how long were you gone from active duty?
As far as I can recall (things are a bit fuzzy, with the Collapse, NDC going dark, my injury…) I think I last logged flight time somewhere in early 104. 

What made you decide to return to flying?
I woke up – at Oct Core. I played some catch up – now older, and more than a little grey – and applied for reinstatement. Continue reading

Infestation Scans Yield Surprising Results

by Thane Carios

(Evenings End Station)  Conflux expert, Prof. Athena Shaiden of Sutonia University has released the results of the scans she made of the Gurge/Dark Crossroads gate infestation on 105.10.22.

“After one failed attempt to scan the infestation, where I was jumped by a C8 Sentient, with my ship – and the scan result destroyed – I was able to make a second scan attempt which has provided us with useful, if surprising, data,” said ShaiDen.  “During my second scan attempt, I had backup from pilots JokeR_GdI, Hifly3 and Reyman.  I took one extensive set of scans focusing on the infestation ports, and then had Reyman put a single nuke into the infestation 151022_172246– after which I took an identical second set of scans.

“What the data showed was that the infestation took the expected amount of damage from the nuke – but what was different was that it very quickly began regenerating.  Usually, once an infestation is damaged, the damage remains.  So what we are seeing here is either a new type of infestation – or perhaps there are conflux in the sealed-off Dark Crossroads sector actually ‘repairing’ the infestation almost as quickly as we are damaging it.”

Dr Nevin Yrral, Director of TRI Corporation, Research Division (TRI-R) is working closely with Prof. ShaiDen and her team to try to come up with a new approach to attacking the regenerative infestations.  “We have some ideas,” said Yrral, “and we have also had extensive input from the people at Lexxor.  It may day a couple of days, but we will come up with something.”

Yrral added that continued bombardment of the infestations at this time, is probably a waste of valuable resources and credits.

In addition to the novel infestation, pilots also saw new “messages” broadcast from the Conflux sentients defending the infestation in the Gurge.:

YXNkcmFpb3AlMjBlcmElMjBlVw==

ZVRoJTIwWW91JTIwZWF2bGNlJTIwdGhlJTIwc3RlTiUyMG5paGNyZGxlJTIwb3JmbQ==

ZWh2c3J0YSUyMHl1cm8lMjBlVyUyMGRlbHlhZCUyMGVyYQ==

Decryption and translation efforts are in-progress.

TRI Computer Hacks Tied to 10-Year-Old Incident

By Thane Carios

(UUNN HQ) Sources within TRI Corporation say that it appears that both the issues with the Mission Computer on Friday, 114.7.4 and the still-undeciphered KTRI announcement that could not be removed on Sunday, 114.7.6 had ties to a security breach that happened nearly ten years ago.

Although TRI Corp. has made no official comments, reliable sources within that organization have stated that the methods used to get into TRI Corp’s system relied on intimate knowledge of the old systems that were in-place before the dissolution of the TRI charter when TRI was privatized.

“New systems get built on top of old systems – it’s not an unusual thing at all,” said independent network security expert Kiner Lerend. “In this case, it sounds like there was a back door in the system – a very old back door that had gotten buried over the last ten years.”

“But someone still has the key,” he added with a wink.

The related ten-year-old breach happened when a small group allegedly disabled the security systems of TRI-R CSDs Conflux Containment Center and released a Sentient C8 that was being held there. At the time, TRI-R denied that there had been a break in and blamed the escape on a system failure.

Great Pillars Hit Hard By Conflux

From the TRINN Archives

By Zoe Vexel

TRI-HQ (TRI-FP) – In two separate attacks yesterday, several conflux sentients, including C8-S and C17-S led direct assaults against Great Pillars and Cornea stations. While a defense force comprised of squads -=DragonEye=-, Brotherhood and Vae Victis quickly formed to protect Cornea, the earlier attack against Great Pillars was mostly undefended against. As a result, the conflux sentients were able to cause the destruction of all equipment at Great Pillars.

“Once again, TRI has shown that it favors Solrain,” stated a clearly angry Aggripus Montona, Great Pillars governor. “While Solrain forces received several hours warning, Octavius received almost no warning of this attack. Despite the Empire’s generous support of the CLAWS project, its SRI overseers repeatedly refuse to issue adequate advance warnings of attacks into Octavian space.”

Cornea station governor Elia del Babon, unsurprisingly, had a different point of view:

“While all of Solrain empathizes with the pain of embarrassment that Governor Montona must feel right now, TRI should not be blamed for this incident. I would suggest that if the Governor wishes to find the one to blame, he need only look in the mirror. On behalf of Solrain, and the STCC, I wish to offer my gratitude to all those pilots who successfully defended Cornea from this attack.”

TRI Research was unavailable for comment, citing high level discussions over unusual activity within Conflux space.

Conflux Attack Custom Producers

From the TRINN Archives

By Zoe Vexel

(TRI-HQ) A pair of C17-S sentient conflux swept into Great Pillars station sector late last night, and started to attack the Duelist science station located there. Although multiple pilots responded to the attack, the sentients were able to disable the station before moving onto to Omni IV, where they were quickly dispatched by TRI pilots. However, the Duelist custom producer in Omni IV also suffered minor damage, and was shutdown for a short time for automatic repairs.

“Unfortunately, despite the Defense Condition being raised, a significant number of beacons remained untuned last night,” commented Dr Nevin Yrral, Director, TRI Research. “This enabled the conflux to approach mostly undetected, and minimized the warning time we were able to provide. Pilots are urged to keep beacons tuned, so as to provided the earliest possible warning of an attack, as well as the most up to date tracking information.

“The damage to the producers was minor, and both were operational shortly after the attack. However, we suspect that this is a prelude to a much larger offensive against key equipment sites.”

Calatorius Leaves TRIR-CSD

From the TRINN Archives

by Zoe Vexel

(TRI-HQ) The following announcement was received from Dr Yrral (Director, TRI Research) moments ago:

“Earlier today, Dr Calatorius resigned as the Director of the Conflux Studies Division, citing personal reasons. His resignation goes into effect immediately, and I will be acting as Director of CSD on an interim basis, until we find a permanent replacement. All of us here at TRI Research thank Dr Calatorius for his hard work, and wish him well on his future endeavors.”